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The Soul of a Lady

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  252 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
At twenty-six, Lydia Hathaway has endured years of heartbreak, longing for a love that's never come. Her deceased father's foolhardiness has left her family bankrupt, and she is eventually left no alternative but to take a position as a companion to Susan Ashcroft of Danbury Park in Surrey. Anxious for peace, Lydia rambles early one morning across the muddy wilds of the As ...more
Published January 26th 2016 (first published June 16th 2011)
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Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
I was really looking forward to reading Lydia. I’d seen it pop up here and there and I always love a good Regency story. Overall, Lydia was a pleasant read, although a little slow at times. I appreciated that it was clean and would probably read more by this author.

However, I didn’t quite like it as much as I wanted to. Very early on I got bored with Lydia’s obsession with Lord Denton. It really felt like an obsession, he was literally all she would think about. It got a bit repeditive and I wo
Jan 10, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, I always love a good regency romance. Lydia was written with a Jane Austin flare using the old-english, with delightful prose. It made me feel like I was back in the 1800's, dancing and socializing with Lydia and her friends.
Lydia is born of social status, but unfortunate events leave her family in need of funds, they are not destitute, but struggle. Lydia is older and unmarried with no prospect of marring do to age and financial status. She decides to take a governe
Wanda Luce
Oct 26, 2015 Wanda Luce rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Just have to give it five stars for all the love and heart I put into my first Regency.
Sep 14, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-paperback
I make no attempt to hide that I am a huge Jane Austen fan so when I got this one in the mail I had to read it right away. Lydia feels like a cross between Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility and is written in the language and style of the Regency Era. The landscape includes sweeping vistas of English countryside, old historic broken down castles, a bookstore with leather bound tomes and docks harboring slave ships. Everything about Lydia immerses you in the period it is written. It fe ...more
Aug 14, 2011 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Lydia", by Wanda Luce, is a delightful new entry to the Regency world of romance. Ms Luce’s prose is flowing and poetic, capturing the voice of the Regency age in a way I have seen others attempt but fail to achieve quite so fully. The romance between the two main characters, Lydia and Lord Denton, evolves in a charming way. Each encounter between them left me touched and smiling and rooting for their eventual union. The author’s research is meticulous, but never boring. Whether visiting the ru ...more
May 20, 2016 Patti rated it it was amazing
For those who enjoy Regency romance stories “The Soul of a Lady” is really good! I liked “Wilds of Devon”, but this one was even better!

It is the story of 26 yr. old Lydia Hathaway accepting the position as companion to Susan Ashcroft. Lydia’s life has been turned upside down because of her father’s foolish handling of the family fortune. Lydia’s temporary life with the Ashcrofts is very good and very welcome. She has reconciled herself a spinster having no fortune to tempt any man. On one of he
Marie Higgins
Aug 06, 2011 Marie Higgins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Look out Jane Austen! You now have competition! "Lydia" is written so perfectly that I really thought I was reading one of Jane Austen's stories. I kept looking at the front cover just to make sure. And now after reading this story, I don't know who I like better, Mr. Darcy or Lord Denton. They are both dream-come-true heroes! BRAVA to Wanda Luce!!
Katie W
Wow! This regency romance was quite a flashback. The language/prose was so....regency. A very enjoyable story with a great cover.

Lydia's family is in ruins after her father passes away and she is forced to enter into service, since she has no dowry. She becomes a companion for a young girl, just ready to enter society. Fortunately, this position allows her to attend all the functions as well, which leads to her falling for he most sought after bachelor--Lord Denton. Known as a flirt who strings
Vicki Burtcher
Nov 10, 2011 Vicki Burtcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Jane Austen's storylines and things from that time period, but reading Jane Austen is not something I'm good at. I was not an avid reader growing up, so the language can be hard for me to grasp. But the romance and beauty of stories from that time just thrill me. So, Lydia by Wanda Luce was just right. :) It's set during the Regency Era, and the language was reminiscent of Jane Austen, but easier for my mind to grasp. I loved it! It's a wonderfully romantic story. Usually I want some sort ...more
Melody McBride
May 08, 2016 Melody McBride rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cons: It was a bit frustrating. I mean, how much do you have to hear, "I don't want to love him, but I can't help it!" before it gets slightly annoying to you? That, and there seemed, to me, a lot of era inconsistencies with behaviors of people. I mean, I could be wrong, but I've read a lot of regency books... I'm no expert, but I was confused sometimes.

Pros: clean regency romance. *sigh* I really think that's my favorite genre. I love the rules and the gallantry and the clothes and British stuf
May 18, 2016 Sheila rated it liked it
Nice, predictable read. Received through Goodreads.
I loved this book. It was a mix between Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice.(The author dropped a lot of similar names in there which was fun.:) Two of my all time favorite books. I just thought it was a fun read and thoroughly enjoyed it!! I loved that the author changed it up a bit and allowed the story to be told from not only Lydia's point of veiw but Lord Denton's as well. I wish that I could read a bit of Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre from Darcy's and Mr Rochester's point of veiw! How fu ...more
Miriam Reeves
Dec 20, 2012 Miriam Reeves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this! Its a great clean Regency Romance without too much angst. I would recommend to anyone who loves a good story.
May 07, 2016 Lydia rated it really liked it
So I've 'read' this twice (once as its past title of Lydia), yet with the exception of Lydia's circumstances and her love of the reformed rake, Lord Denton, nothing was recallable. That is great in my point of view. Too often I've pulled up a book from the past that I'd enjoyed only to loose interest as scenes are only being recalled. I'm not sure what was revised, but bravo Wanda. This time around the depth and historical notes resonated more. This is more than a romance, its a discovery of fin ...more
Julie Carpenter
Wow! This was a great clean book. I did some research on the author, Wanda Luce, and discovered this was her first and only novel. It looks like she has another one in the works and if it was anything like this I am definitely going to enjoy it!

I am a HUGE Jane Austen fan and while reading this I felt like I was in the midst of all of her stories. My favorite Austen novel is Persuasion and this was very similar. There were fun moments throughout that were similar moments from Austen's novel. For
Danyelle Ferguson
I really enjoy historical romances and was quite excited to review Lydia. But I came to a realization. I like historical novels written with a more modern story telling technique.

Lydia is written in a total Jane Austen style - with wordy sentences, ping pong emotions, and well, more wordy stuff. Just like J.A. Before any J.A. fans start sending me hate mail, I should clairify that I love her stories, but just can't handle her writing. Give me an Austen movie, and I'm a happy chick. I think Lydia
Overall I liked this book but it seemed a little slow throughout. It bothered me that Lydia fell instantly in love with him, but there wasn't a lot of interaction between the two and I couldn't quite see why they fell in love with each other in the first place. I didn't like that Lydia was portrayed as being perfect without any flaws. Maybe the story could have delved into her previous relationship a little more? Towards the end it seemed like all they did was play the piano and sing for the oth ...more
Aug 27, 2011 Raven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free through a First Reads giveaway.

This book is very well written. I would and do recommend this book to everyone who loves a good romance. The first few chapters I had to keep looking at the front cover just to make sure I was reading the right book because the writing style was so much like Jane Austin I was astonished. I took my time finishing this book because I didn't want it to finish to quickly. This is a very well written and entertaining story that revolves ar
I really liked this first novel by Wanda Luce. I'd give it 3 1/2 stars. The story begins with Lydia colliding with a handsome stranger's horse. Lord Denton is a friend to the family whom Lydia is staying with as a governess. Though a lady, she has been forced into service because her father died and left their family with massive debts. She is immediately drawn to Lord Denton, but doesn't want to give into her feelings because she has been hurt before and doesn't think a man will marry her witho ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wanda Luce has a gift for transporting her reader back to Regency England, early 1800s. I was waltzing in ballrooms, strolling gardens on the arm of a gentleman, riding in carriages and worried about propriety! This was written so Jane Austinish that at times I thought I was caught up in a lost chapter of Pride and Prejudice:) It started a little slow for me and I struggled with wanting it to pick up the pace at the romance end of it, but when it unfolded, it was swoon worthy and sweet. I loved ...more
Oct 27, 2011 Leaffrog03 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was delightful to read. Lydia is a governess for the Ashcroft famuly, but she is treated more like a family member. One morning on a walk through the woods she encounters the handsome Lord Denton. Lydia is attracted to him, but believes he is out of reach because of his station. She tries to avoid him, but their paths continue to cross and each time she is more impressed by his goodness. Lord Denton is equally impressed with Lydia, but is reluctant to show his affection. Read this nove ...more
Ann York
Feb 25, 2012 Ann York rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-shelf
I have read this book and it was very good and it's about a woman called lydia who is 26 years old she becomes a graveness for a girl called Susan and she helps her to grow up and she trys to find love for herself as well because some one hurt her a long time ago and she thinks she will never find love again but she does start to fall for someone and his name is lord Denton and he is a rich man and he doesn't want to fall in love with someone because he has been hurt too but they both come toget ...more
O.k. I loved this clean, cute and incredibly likable story. I was so glad I found it and now I own it as well. By page 30 I figured it would be a book I would need to own. My only complaint would be there are some parts that drag a little. That is usually the case with me and Historical stories where there is a lot of walking, riding in carriages, sitting, getting dressed type of activities.

This book was certainly a fun and comfy read. I had my toes curled and a smile on my face during the majo
Jun 14, 2016 Nicole rated it liked it
I want to say up front that I actually like Wanda's writing. I think she is a really decent writer. I think my harshness comes from me being a little annoyed with this s genre of book. The main character seems a bit obsessed with the love interest. Right from the start he is all she thinks about and it gets to the point of being annoying. She also makes presumptions up front that are clearly wrong and takes the entire book to get over them.

I found myself wanting a POV from the man but, the way
Aug 29, 2011 Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fiction
I wish they let you rate by 1/2's with the stars. I want to give this book a 3 1/2. I did really like it. I noticed that there were several phrases and things that happened that were extremely similar to Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice though. ( One of my favorite books by the way) You would definitely have to be a big fan of romance to enjoy this book and if you are I think it's worth the read.

Ok the hopeless romantic in me decided to rate it 4 stars after all :)
Mar 09, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book it had a wonderful story that kept your interest. I wanted to keep reading to see what happened. I really liked how ucould feel the emotions of the characters it was like I was right there with Lydia and I could very much understand how she wad feeling. I liked Lydia's love for the outdoors it made me want to go out and explore and just spend time listening to the birds. Wonderful book will defently read it again.
Kelly Nelson
Dec 29, 2011 Kelly Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Governess, Lydia, falls for Lord Denton, but it is a love fraught with despair. In a society of lords and ladies, he could never, if he even loved her, act on his feelings for her. Reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice, Wanda Luce weaves a beautiful love story, with dialogue so authentic I felt as if the author had lived in that era. I loved this book and didn’t want to put it down. My daughter is now 175 pages into it and loving it, too!
Feb 17, 2012 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book up until the end. Why oh why did the author have the final resolution from Denton's point of view? After feeling Lydia's pain and struggles throughout the book, I felt that I was cheated out of feeling her happiness. Then the end was so quick - it just didn't live up to the hope i had as i was reading the book.
Oct 25, 2013 Meghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a clean regency romance novel. Very much pride-and-prejudice-like in the sense that the underdog (in the social sense) catches the eye of a man much higher up on the social ladder. This book also has undertones of the slavery issue in the 1800's.
Jul 01, 2014 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Oh to live back in the regency era, with balls, courting, and going to the ton for parties. The writing was so real and involved I was there. A pride and prejudice love story that instantly wins your heart.
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Wanda Luce is quite certain she was born with a book in her hand. Her mother made reading and library visits an important part of her life as a child. All through school, Wanda read book after book and had a bookcase full of the ones she had completed. As a girl, she fell in love with Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen's' "Pride and Prejudice", David Balfour in Robert Louis Stevenson's "Kidnapped", and Davi ...more
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